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Exercising Your Way Through A Crisis

Exercising Your Way Through A Crisis

I listened to a talk by Daniel Miller the other day. He was talking about keeping yourself healthy through the crisis we are going through.

He recommended doing 10,000 steps a day. His rationale for doing this is based on history. He said we were once hunter/gatherers and that if we didn’t move we didn’t eat.

He stated that if we don’t move we don’t deserve to eat now. So if you are eating you need to get moving to keep the body healthy and in balance.

He said to get an accountability partner and support each other. I decided to use a checkmark on my calendar as my accountability. If there is no checkmark we go for a walk after dinner.

It is fun exploring new paths while checking out the neighborhood.

So I wanted to share this wisdom with you.

I’m still not up to 10,000 steps a day, but feeling lighter and calmer through self-isolation.

Where do you want to be at the end of this crisis?

Where do you want to be at the end of this crisis?

When you envision the end of the COVID19 crisis where do you want to be? Mark Gasparotto says that personal resilience requires us to look at all 4 legs of our table, ensuring that the table doesn’t tip. We need to look at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves.

  • Maybe you have a physical goal, such as being healthier in some way. Your goal could be to learn new methods to boost your immunity or keep fit.
  • Maybe you have a business goal of wanting to pivot your business in the short term to assisting essential service personnel to keep some revenue coming.
  • Maybe you have a spiritual goal to find a type of meditation you enjoy and make it a part of your daily routine.
  • Maybe you have a household goal because you are spending so much time in your home.
  • Maybe you want to establish a closer relationship with your partner by reading a relationship book together.
  • Maybe you want to establish closer friendships by reaching out to more of your network through supportive emails, texts or social media.

Keeping a vision in mind, could you detail your goal in words or pictures and keep it somewhere you could look at it daily. In this way, it stays with you, top of mind and can help to motivate you.

It is often a good idea to think of obstacles to your goal and resolve ways through those as well.

For instance, I have a goal of cleaning up a room in our basement. Envisioning it as organized instead of the way it is now is motivating. I need to enlist another person I live in my vision though because all the stuff in there isn’t mine. If we both work on the vision of what we want in that room, the outcome is more likely to happen. This would be a new process for both of us which brings some excitement with it. Also going to work on this room when we both have some energy to tackle it and limiting the stretch of time we work on it to something manageable might be ways to overcome other obstacles.

Paul Romer said, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”

I have a friend who is used to working out on an outdoor exercise park. The park is closed due to COVID19. So she is lifting tin cans to keep her arms strong and lifting her legs and body weight between pieces of furniture in her living room. These are effective ways to keep her body in shape. Good for her.

What creative new method can you bring to your goals?

Calm Wisdom

Calm Wisdom

What makes you calm in stressful circumstances?

This is an important question right now, so take the time to answer this for yourself.

My way of staying calm is to meditate. When I do this my nerves settle.

There are many ways to calm oneself though. What are yours?

Like the quote above says, we are in a very stressful period.

Being able to calm yourself is very important.

Some people calm themselves by doing:

Yoga

Walking

Being in nature

Exercising

Quieting themselves

Journalling

Listening to podcasts

Reading

Etc.

I hope you are able to take some time to do a calming activity today.

Best wishes on your journey!!

 

How are you, how is your house?

How are you, how is your house?

I had a deep meditation this week. It helped me get in touch with some difficult events and feelings. My Mother passed away in November, we are in the midst of a renovation and a family member had surgery for cancer today. During the meditation, I thought I wonder how my house is?

In Jungian psychology, the house is the self…so wondering about myself…I realized that my front window was blown out due to the death of my Mother, the back window was blown out due to the cancer surgery of my family member. My house’s electrical system was fried due to the focus on the renovation.

I sent a couple of friends the metaphors that came up in the meditation and one of them sent a special poem by Rumi about the house. Also after I realized all this about my house it began to heal within the meditation. No doubt additional healing is necessary.

Here is the Rumi poem sent by my friend.

"This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.

meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond."

What This Blog is About

What This Blog is About

Welcome to The Resilience Blog.

The topics in this blog help you be more resilient in your career and as a leader. I write about ways to gain momentum and positively move through blocks that get in the way of your goals. I post articles on the blog about once a week. 

When I did my research study for my Ph.D., I got to conduct interviews with a number of successful and admired leaders. What fascinated me about them was how resilient they were. They had grown into leaders who could make things happen by demonstrating their resilience, confidence, and adaptive behaviours. I will teach you how to use and apply these resilient behaviours in your leadership and career leading to new levels of success. 

I am completing a book on Career Grit, which will include content and themes that will appear in the blog. If you have a story about overcoming challenges and becoming increasingly resilient in the process, I would love hearing about it. 

I am passionate about these career related topics:

  • methods to positively connect with others,
  • ways to lean into feedback,
  • reframing negative experiences,
  • making progress on your goals,
  • methods to enhance your positive impact, and
  • meeting challenges.

In the leadership area I enjoy focusing on: 

  • creating a safe environment, 
  • being more positive in your self-management and with your team,
  • raising your self-awareness,
  • bringing safety along with you wherever you go,
  • being able to have tough conversations when needed,
  • building trust, and 
  • ensuring your team performs. 

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